If you are held back from a job opportunity due to a past conviction, you may be able to regain your rights with a Certificate of Good Conduct in New York. Certain conditions must be met to remove the parts of a sentence which automatically disqualifies you from some privileges. Let’s explain what rights a…

Beginning October 7th, 2017, a new sealing law went into effect in New York state. Criminal Procedure Law 160.59 allows people who have been convicted in no more than two cases to apply to seal certain convictions from New York if the convictions fulfill specific requirements: Only one of the convictions can be a felony…

Your past conviction(s) may show up on background checks, which can prevent you from living the life you wish to have by making it harder to get certain jobs, attain housing, or own a firearm. There is a way to own a firearm again after a prior New York conviction(s). Under certain conditions, a Certificate…

If you are interested in obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities to apply for employment or housing, a process is involved before approval is granted. Below, we’re going to delve into that process, as well as how long you can expect it to take. The Process (and Timeline) of Getting a Certificate of Relief…

If you are serving a New York probation sentence, is it possible to terminate it early? Yes, under certain conditions of the court. Here is what you need to know. In the state of New York, individuals convicted of misdemeanors or felonies often have probation terms attached to their sentences. A minimum probation term is…

A new law in the state of New York will allow sealed records for past convictions. Applicants will have several criteria to meet, but if the seal is approved, they will gain several benefits. The first thing to know is that only certain types of past convictions will be eligible for record sealing. Any violent…

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